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Don't let someone become a priority in your life, when you are just an option in their life.

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

Robert Brault

When we look at modern man we have to face the fact that modern man suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit, which stands in glaring contrast to his scientific and technological abundance, we've learned to fly the air like birds, we've learned to swim the seas like fish, and yet we haven’t learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

(contributed by All Fred)

'Honey, there are a lot of things you can give a man -- your body, your time, even your heart. But the one thing you can never, ever, ever let go of is your power.

Lady Heather
CSI, Slaves of Las Vegas

If a drop of water falls in a lake, there is no identity. But if it falls on a leaf of lotus, it shines like a pearl. We need to choose the best place where we can shine.

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.

Lou Holtz

fear death is to think that we know what we do not know.


If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.

Thomas J. Watson

You create your opportunities by asking for them.

Shakti Gawain

A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.

Jonathan Swift

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.

Amelia Earhart

It is not how old you are, but how you are old.

Jules Renard

Inevitably, the further you run from your sins, the more exhausted you are when they catch up to you.

Dalton Russell
Inside Man

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.

Andre Gide

It's not the sugar that makes the tea sweet, but the stirring.

Sam Levenson

We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves.

Eric Hoffer

Any path is only a path and there is no affront, to oneself or to others, in dropping it if that is what your heart tells you. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question…Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.

Carlos Castaneda
The Teachings of Don Juan

(contributed by Anesh)

I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.

Baruch Spinoza

That government is best which governs least.

Thomas Paine

Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Those who cavalierly reject the Theory of Evolution, as not adequately supported by facts, seem quite to forget that their own theory it supported by no facts at all.

Herbert Spencer
Essays Scientific, Political and Speculative, 1891

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

Mark Twain

(contributed by Chelsea)

I do not believe in inheriting your position in society based on which womb you come from... I think a rich person should leave his children enough so they can do anything, but not enough so they can do nothing.

Warren Buffet

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.

Albert Einstein

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

Albert Einstein

A guilty conscience means at least you have one.

Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers)
Rebel Sweetheart

(contributed by Rodrigo Sadi)

Verily the kindness that gazes upon itself in a mirror turns to stone, and a good deed that calls itself by tender names becomes the parent to a curse.

Kahlil Gibran

(contributed by Kira)

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.

William Butler Yeats

(contributed by Mark Johnson)

I try to live my faith rather than talk about it because there are enough second-hand car salesmen for God.


(contributed by Mark Johnson)

If you've got a today, don't wear it tomorrow. Tomorrow never happens. It's all the same day.

Janis Joplin

(contributed by Laura D. Young)

Educated, eyes-open optimism pays; pessimism can only offer the empty consolation of being right.

David S. Landes
The Wealth and Poverty of Nations

(contributed by Amy Steidinger)

Truth suffers from too much analysis.

Frank Herbert
The Dune Chronicles (Dune Messiah)

(contributed by Rod S)

If all persons knew what they said of each other, there would not be four friends in the world.

Blaise Pascal

Never trust a man who speaks well of everybody.

John Churton Collins

At the moment of commitment, the universe conspires to assist you.

Johann Goethe

(contributed by Christian Marcus)

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.

Rabindranath Tagore

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesnˇ¦t lead anywhere.

Frank Clark

You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it's going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it's always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.

Robert Pirsig

(contributed by Crusader)

We possess nothing certainly except the past

Evelyn Waugh
Brideshead Revisted

(contributed by Space Oddity)

Assumptions are dangerous things to make, and like all dangerous things to make - bombs, for instance, or strawberry shortcake - if you make even the tiniest mistake you can find yourself in terrible trouble.

Lemony Snicket
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

(contributed by bert)

The scientific mind does not so much provide the right answers as ask the right questions.

Claude Levi-Strauss

Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.

Daniel J. Boorstin

The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones;

William Shakespeare
Julius Caesar 3/2

(contributed by wahaj)

Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.

Baltasar Gracian

Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry.

John Wesley (1703 -1791) English preacher, founder of Methodism

(contributed by Anton Beerda)

What most people find important, you do not. This is Wisdom. To what you believe is important, you are ready to give your mind, heart, and soul. This is Grace.

Dean Knootz
Fear Nothing

(contributed by Sђereeŋ)

You can never go too far.

Donnie Darko

(contributed by Nick)

If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrong-doing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.

Aldous Huxley
Brave New World

(contributed by Josh Yabut)

Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

Henry David Thoreau

Everything has been figured out, except how to live.

Jean-Paul Sartre